Pictured (Left to Right) – Front row: Robb Cotiaux, Brittany Taylor, Bridges Class teacher Windham Middle School, Connor McNeill, Bridges Class teacher Windham High School. Middle row: Austin Rice, AJ Mains and TJ McAllister. Third row: Jack Hedrich, James Tucker, Eric Loftin, Cameron Malone, Sue Hedrich, Bridges Class Ed Tech.
Story submitted by Susan Hedrich, Educational Technician with the Bridges Program in RSU14.
The Bridges classes at both Windham High & Middle Schools recently went on their first community fishing trip as part of their educational programming. An integrated life skills course, the Bridges program serves students from middle school through independence at the Windham Raymond School District.
Students were greeted at The Pond at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester by registered Maine Guide, Robb Cotiaux, and RSU14 central office staff volunteer, Jack Hedrich, who provided instruction about the mechanics of using a fishing pole with worms for bait. Despite heavy rain that day, the students enjoyed the fishing lesson immensely and caught three fish.
The Bridges teachers would like to include fishing as part of the students’ community engagement experience in the future and determined that they had a need for their own equipment this spring. The Trout Unlimited Sebago chapter was contacted about this need and the Conservation Chairman, Mr. Cotiaux presented to the Board a request for a grant for $250 to purchase new fishing gear for the Bridges students. That grant was awarded this month and will finance the purchase of enough sets of gear for each student on their future trips.
After their fishing lesson was over the students had lunch in the Pineland Café and were treated to complimentary ice cream cones courtesy of the Café Manager, Dore Campbell.